Great British Cars often forgotten

Great British Cars often forgotten

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slurpysi

86 posts

136 months

Wednesday 10th July
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I'll let Autocar fill in the story, if you can read it. This was the only article to appear at the time


838HNK

542 posts

163 months

Thursday 11th July
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Elva BMW ...



BryanC

589 posts

182 months

Thursday 11th July
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Marcos GT Gullwing anybody ?



A dark blue Gullwing made a lasting impression at one of the first Santa Pod sprints as the huge torque from its little engine visibly twisted the whole body as it launched itself off the line. Fifty years ago I think.

dinkel

24,948 posts

202 months

Friday 19th July
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838HNK said:
Elva BMW ...


The Surveyor

6,788 posts

181 months

Friday 19th July
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spoodler said:
Is Scotland a part of Great Britain, or do I need to keep up with current political developments? Anyhow, the Argyll...

As this thread has been resurrected, that was a re-launch of the original Argyll name from an even longer forgotten original Argyll Motors who built cars back at the turn of the last century. Part of the factory still existing, being the rather grand façade of the Loch Lomond shopping centre just north of Glasgow. When I did some survey work on it (about 15 years ago) there was still a small museum in the Ground floor which included photos of the factory when it was making cars, and then when it was making torpedoes for the war. There are houses on the site of the actual factory behind although the façade is still pretty impressive.


The Surveyor

6,788 posts

181 months

Friday 19th July
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As a Bradford born lad, I'd like to add Jowett to the list of forgotten car builders, based in Bradford and disappeared in the mid 1950's.


dandarez

10,387 posts

227 months

Friday 19th July
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nicanary said:
Etypephil said:
nicanary said:
Here's the coupe bodyshell.

Thanks, I knew that I wasn't imagining it.
Where did you find that?
Google Images. I entered RGS Atalanta coupe, and there it was.
RGS fibreglass bodyshells were made by Wemyss Woodhouse for Dick Shattock's company RGS Automobile Components Ltd, based in Windsor, Berks.

Wemyss (was Sandy Wemyss, who established Micron Plastics ie Microplas).
Woodhouse (was Bill Woodhouse, later to become famed for forming Tornado Cars Ltd with Anthony Bullen in 1958.

dandarez

10,387 posts

227 months

Friday 19th July
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Anyone remember this?
The Voodoo.

Prototype was shown at the 71 Motor Show, but it never got anywhere. The idea originally was for two to be built (Imp powered) for its designer John Arnold and friend Geoff Neale, one each. At the show a backer stepped in to aid with a production run. Then the oil crisis came, the backer disappeared and tragedy struck when Arnold died in a car crash. Two were built with a third under way.

I saw the car pictured below on several occasions in the 70s and 80s at meetings usually attended by Ginetta G15s and Clan Crusaders and other Imp motivated cars.


ClaphamGT3

7,519 posts

187 months

Friday 19th July
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I think that the Feltham Aston’s are often overlooked

RichB

42,083 posts

228 months

Saturday 20th July
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ClaphamGT3 said:
I think that the Feltham Aston’s are often overlooked
Well said that man! Lighter than the DB4/5/6 successors and with a twin cam 3 litre engine performs well. Good looking for a '50s design, especially the MkIII which espoused the old fashioned wooden dashboard and with its grill shape set the tone for the '60s Astons. I bought mine 12 years ago when DB6s were the same price and I still think I made the right decision.


Nerdherder

1,212 posts

41 months

Saturday 20th July
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bucksmanuk said:
RodMod said:
Triumph Italia (or TR3B)



Rod.


I've never heard of that one before, what a truly beautiful car
Stunning.

hilly10

4,881 posts

172 months

Saturday 20th July
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ClaphamGT3

7,519 posts

187 months

Saturday 20th July
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RichB said:
ClaphamGT3 said:
I think that the Feltham Aston’s are often overlooked
Well said that man! Lighter than the DB4/5/6 successors and with a twin cam 3 litre engine performs well. Good looking for a '50s design, especially the MkIII which espoused the old fashioned wooden dashboard and with its grill shape set the tone for the '60s Astons. I bought mine 12 years ago when DB6s were the same price and I still think I made the right decision.

Exquisite - I'm sure I test drove that very car at Runnymedes in 2001 - incredibly now, it seemed rather expensive at £40k.......

Later I'll post a pic of my father's old one, post a completely unsympathetic restoration at the Aston Workshop (in fairness, I think that they were only following the instructions of a complete vulgarian client)



Edited by ClaphamGT3 on Saturday 20th July 22:32

gforceg

3,106 posts

123 months

Saturday 20th July
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dandarez said:
RGS fibreglass bodyshells were made by Wemyss Woodhouse for Dick Shattock's company RGS Automobile Components Ltd, based in Windsor, Berks.

Wemyss (was Sandy Wemyss, who established Micron Plastics ie Microplas).
Woodhouse (was Bill Woodhouse, later to become famed for forming Tornado Cars Ltd with Anthony Bullen in 1958.
This got me digging about and I came across this site. http://martynmorganjones.com/tornado

GTRene

11,351 posts

168 months

Sunday 21st July
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Nerdherder said:
bucksmanuk said:
RodMod said:
Triumph Italia (or TR3B)



Rod.


I've never heard of that one before, what a truly beautiful car
Stunning.
see here some more of such great lovely Italia, sadly some pictures don't work anymore in the thread.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Pericoloso

40,351 posts

107 months

Sunday 21st July
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Reading up on the aforementioned Triumph Italia I'm trying to decide the % that is Triumph and how much is

Vignale and Italian.

RichB

42,083 posts

228 months

Sunday 21st July
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ClaphamGT3 said:
Exquisite - I'm sure I test drove that very car at Runnymedes in 2001 - incredibly now, it seemed rather expensive at £40k.......
Wouldn't have been this one, I bought it from an older chap in The Wirral who also had a pre-war MkII and a DB6. He'd owned the DB MkIII since the early '70s. He was "thinning out " his collection. smile

ClaphamGT3

7,519 posts

187 months

Sunday 21st July
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RichB said:
ClaphamGT3 said:
Exquisite - I'm sure I test drove that very car at Runnymedes in 2001 - incredibly now, it seemed rather expensive at £40k.......
Wouldn't have been this one, I bought it from an older chap in The Wirral who also had a pre-war MkII and a DB6. He'd owned the DB MkIII since the early '70s. He was "thinning out " his collection. smile
Ah! It was one very similar, down to the twin auxiliary lights, hence my confusion.

Is yours a DBA or DBD spec?

RichB

42,083 posts

228 months

Sunday 21st July
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DBA unfortunately, although at some time I may convert it to triple SUs, I just love the look of them. smile

GTRene

11,351 posts

168 months

Sunday 21st July
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Pericoloso said:
Reading up on the aforementioned Triumph Italia I'm trying to decide the % that is Triumph and how much is

Vignale and Italian.
TR3 chassis and mechanical components were supplied by the Triumph Motor Company in the United Kingdom, see

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_Italia